Quote Originally Posted by papagene
... she suffured from depression for many years. Her mother also had this affliction as well as her brother (I think).
If you haven't read her biography, some of her work may appear explotive. But she was an extemely shy person and to approach some of her subjects, she had to really dig deep to get the courage to do so.
Thanks Gene. That fills in a big gap for me.

Quote Originally Posted by Bill Mitchell
I just don't know what to make of her work. Is it great photography, or just great schlock? Freaks presented in photographs rather than in person in carnival side shows?
I don't know.
I'm still in the same camp with you Bill. I don't know either. To me, it all depends on the what the motivation of the photographer is. But I also know that too often, its not the photographer who intends the exploitation. Things can easily develop into something no intended. Maybe that was a dilemna she had and couldn't reconcile it?